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Output in the construction industry fell by 0.5% in November, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said the struggling instruction was hit by a 0.7% fall in new orders, while repair and maintenance work dropped 0.2%. Despite making gains in 'public other' (2.3%), 'private industrial' (1.7%) and 'total housing' (0.9%), new orders for 'infrastructure' and 'private commercial' work fell 4.3% and 1.5% respectively.

Compared with November 2014, output in the construction industry decreased by 1.1%. All new work increased by 1.3% while there was a fall of 5.1% in repair and maintenance. The main upwards contribution to all new work came from infrastructure which increased by 11.7%.

Output fell 1.4% in the three months to November, compared with the previous three month period, with new work falling 1.4% and repair and maintenance down 1.2%. Compared with the same three months in 2014, output fell just 0.1% as new work grew 2.4% and repair and maintenance fell 4.3%.